Colonial Day: Why is this still a thing?

Yesterday marked the 17th annual Colonial Day at the Oklahoma capitol – a historical cosplay gymboree where almost 500 students from around the state dressed in colonial garbs which resembled outfits worn by historical figures like George Washington, Betsy Ross, and many more mythologized American historical figures.

Via NewsOK.com:

Nearly 500 Oklahoma students recently traveled back in time and met such historical figures as Martha Washington and Benjamin Franklin during the 17th annual Colonial Day at the state Capitol.

The program was presented by Colonial Williamsburg and George Washington Teacher Institute alumni in partnership with the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Students from Arnett, Edmond, Enid, Gore, Midwest City, Moore, Oklahoma City, Putnam City, Stuart and Tuttle public schools were dressed in colonial-period attire for the hands-on history education event.

Oklahoma is the only state in the nation to host a Colonial Day event at its state Capitol. Students had the opportunity to interact with people from the past — portrayed by historical interpreters — and participate in such teacher-led sessions as colonial dancing, revolutionary soldier life, tin smithing and Native American history.

I mean, is it not a little strange to anyone else that this state is the only one who deems it acceptable to celebrate something like Colonial Day? I mean, the title of the day itself is loaded with various implications.

For example, colonialism didn’t give a rat’s ass about the indigenous people who were here before the European settlers. Even in the article, readers can see a photograph of a child wearing an Indian chief headdress. The person who wrote the caption underneath did a great job skidding across the line of a veiled falsehood.

Check this out:

5 alternatives to out-of-school suspensions

The Oklahoma Legislature proposed House Bill 1989 in an effort to replace mandatory out-of-school suspensions with alternative punishments. Lawmakers say the bill would better protect classrooms and provide help for struggling students.

Via KOCO.com:

House bill 1989 would require schools to use restorative practices or alternative punishment areas instead of out-of-school suspensions. The bill also would require the students to apologize for their actions and complete community service, such as in-service activities.

“If we can help these children early on, I think we can set them on a different path,” said Rep. Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs.

The proposed legislation also would call for students to get counseling or treatment by a licensed mental health professional.

Some representatives believe the bill, if passed, would change the trajectory of troubled children and make them better citizens. Others representatives, like Rep. Chad Caldwell, R-Enid, say this bill would take local power away because each school would have to consider “alternative punishments first.”

Oklahomans have a hard time when it comes to taking corrective actions. The outcomes are either too extreme or handled so delicately that there’s almost no decisive outcome. I agree, there need to be consequences to actions which break the rules of society. Giving a student out-of-school suspension is much like telling an monkey to not fling their poop at the wall while feeding them their high-fiber meal.

Below, I have proposed 5 options for lawmakers to consider for alternatives to suspension:

Mark D. Williams, Cinematic Warrior

Even though you won’t see it on the local news and their sports segments, the biggest game in Choctaw country is Stickball—oftentimes described as the “father of all field sports.” Around before the history of this country was even written, Stickball was a civilized alternative to war, with rival clans battling it out on the game-field, as opposed to the battlefield.

However, when the Choctaws were forcibly moved to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears, as time went on, the white man passed laws against most forms of our culture, including Stickball—playing it was actually a legally punishable offense.

“The right people and communities kept it alive and going and eventually it began to flourish to where there is now a youth team in almost every Choctaw community, which wasn’t the case when I grew up,” Mark D. Williams said. “I’m probably too old to be as good as the players out there now, but I am beginning to pick it up so I can at least share that experience with my son.”

Lawmakers try everything to fix education… except increase funding.

The Great Oklahoma Teacher’s Walkout of 2018 was a historic movement which proved that with determination, sacrifice, and collaboration, teachers from across districts have the power to unite and collectively plea for better wages and financial support. Even though Oklahoma lawmakers were more eager to complain about the demands than actually meet them. But just because most of the teachers’ classroom funding demands weren’t met and our educators continue to be among the lowest paid in the country, it doesn’t mean our lawmakers don’t care about public schools. In fact, a bill just passed a Senate committee that would require Oklahoma schools to hold 5-day school weeks—at any cost.

Via News OK…

OKC Revisited: Queen’s 1982 Concert at the Myriad

Like most Xennials – the microgeneration caught between jaded Gen-Xers and chirpy Millennials – my first exposure to Queen came in the early 1990s, when after being featured in the greatest comedy of all time, Bohemian Rhapsody catapulted to the top of the charts, and even more importantly, KJ-103’s Hot Eight at 8.

Since then, I’ve always been a Queen “Greatest Hits” fan. I can’t name their deep tracks or B-sides, but I could always sing along to Another One Bites the Dust or Bicycle Race or Fat Bottom Girls whenever they were played on KRXO. Hell, I’ve even been known to randomly bust out a perfectly timed and choreographed We Will Rock You chant at an OU football watch party. You had to be there.

Knowing all this, I eagerly watched Bohemian Rhapsody this past weekend when it became available on iTunes. For the most part, it’s your typical musical biopic – a flat, historically inaccurate, two-hour semi-fabricated CliffsNotes reenactment of the band’s highlights and lowlights.

Disappointed with the film, I went on a late-night Internet dive into all things Queen. I guess I wasn’t the only one:

Yep, Mayor McSelfie and I have the same Internet tendencies. That’s creepy.

Always a sucker for nostalgia, I went searching for the photos that Holt posted. They were actually from the band’s 1982 “Hot Face – Rock N America” tour stop at the Myriad, featuring strokin’ opening act Billy Squire. I was 4 years old at the time and couldn’t make it.

The website Queen Concerts has a bunch of photos of the show, as well as scans of ticket stubs, backstage passes, etc. Here’s a sampling: